In June 2020, the Cotton Farmers Branch of the China Cotton Association conducted a survey on the cotton planting situation of 2,451 designated farmers in 12 provinces and cities in the inland and Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The survey results show that the country’s cotton planting area is 46.1563 million mu, a decrease of 4.15% year-on-year. The unit yield is expected to increase slightly year-on-year. The total output is about 5.765 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 2.4%.
As of the end of June, the national cotton budding rate was 97.53%, 3 percentage points higher than the same period last year, and the incidence of pests and diseases was relatively mild.
The overall growth of Xinjiang’s cotton is better than last year, and the occurrence of diseases and insect pests is relatively light. The yield per unit area is expected to be basically the same as last year, with an output of about 5.02 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 0.39%, accounting for 87% of the country’s total. It is predicted that the cotton yield per unit area in the Yellow River Basin will increase by 3.34% year-on-year, and the output will be about 405,200 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 13.23%. The growth of cotton in the Yangtze River Basin cotton area was similar to last year. The growth of cotton was at the same level or better than last year, accounting for 73.53%, a year-on-year increase of 0.82 percentage point. The cotton yield per unit area is predicted to be basically the same as last year, with an output of approximately 304,900 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 15.42%.